The Year in Review: A Haiti earthquake in the time of cholera and lethal poverty

It is the Western hemisphere's poorest nation, hobbled by generations of corruption and social turmoil which have resulted in two-thirds unemployment and an economy entirely reliant on overseas aid. That was Haiti, even before the disaster that struck at around 5pm on Tuesday, 12 January.

After a year of despair, Haiti orphans get a fresh start in France

More than 100 Haitian orphans arrived in France yesterday to spend Christmas with their new families, ending nearly a year of intense diplomacy.

Palin visits Haiti's cholera epidemic victims

Sarah Palin has embarked on a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti, visiting cholera clinics but avoiding crowds and the press.

Amazing grace: A new book honours the dignity and diversity of the world's indigenous peoples

The new book of portraits also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International

Peacekeepers were source of cholera

A contingent of UN peacekeepers is the likely source of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed at least 2,000 people, a French scientist said.

Port-au-Prince burns as election fury takes hold

Protesters question legitimacy of president's chosen candidate.

Leading article: The difference you can make

Over the years Independent readers have shown tremendous generosity in donating to our annual Christmas Appeal. Scores of charities have benefited from that kindness, with thousands of lives improved in some of the poorest corners of the world.

Independent Appeal: Dead man walking and the world's worst slum

To kick off our appeal, Kim Sengupta meets the terminally ill Haitian devoting what remains of his life to the deprived

Johann Hari: 2010 – the year a zombie army came for our brains

The city of Minneapolis has just agreed to pay $160, 000 in compensation to a group of zombies who were prevented from marching

Riots follow Haiti's election amid allegations of fraud

The aftermath of Haiti's election continued on its chaotic course yesterday with international monitors validating the polls even as candidates produced further evidence of widespread fraud.

Haiti president should be exiled for fraud, says populist candidate

The most populist candidate in the Haitian election claimed yesterday that he had been declared winner by the voters and demanded that the country's president should be forced into exile for "being responsible for massive fraud" at the polls.

Candidates cry fraud in Haitian electoral crisis

Vote goes ahead despite claims of fraud

Haiti holds first election since 'day of catastrophe'

The last round of rallies took place amid flickering lights in the evening, frenzied chanting of the names of candidates, impromptu bands belting out political songs to a Caribbean beat, gangs of young toughs on motorcycles waiting for the instruction to disrupt gatherings of rivals.

British aid to help fight Haiti cholera epidemic

Britain will supply more than 1,000 medical staff to help fight the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti, the government announced today.

Politics in a time of cholera, marked by chaos and anger

Can election heal a nation ravaged by disaster and disease?
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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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